Sunday Plan

Here’s the agenda for Sunday:

  • Seminole Writing Classic (I have all the material I need for this, will write the same story for both sites. We have student journalist help on this one from Olivia Cerio at Florida High).
  • Border Wars (I wouldn’t mind being emailed PDF results on this one, but I know it’s on Track).
  • Battle on the Beach (probably more toward Sunday night as I get results from one of the Clay parents).
  • Hopefully I will receive Matanzas Duals and Gainesville Category 5 Duals scoresheets from those tournament hosts.
  • Looking on Trackwrestling for results on Buchholz (Northeast) and North Bay Haven (Northwest), for their Saturday efforts.
  • Next Level (this might have to wait all the way out to Monday or maybe even Tuesday).
  • Then I’ll start the work of finding and getting statewide results.

This all takes a lot of (unpaid) time. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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Clash Of The Titans Recap: Fleming 5th

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

ORANGE CITY — A short-handed #T-2nd Fleming Island team — with no wrestlers at three weights — still finished fifth overall in the 17-team Clash of the Titans IBT tournament Saturday.

The Golden Eagles had eight placewinners, led by junior Paul Detwiler’s title at 152, to score 144.5 points in the tournament. Camden County (GA)’s varsity squad won the tournament with 296.5 points, as all 14 wrestlers placed and six won titles.

Winter Springs finished second with 215.5 points behind two champions and 11 placers. Hagerty edged Freedom, 163-161, for third.

Detwiler had two bonus-point wins in the first round and quarters, then decisioned Winter Springs’ Dimitri Alicea, 7-2 in overtime, in the semis in order to get to the championship match, where he downed Camden’s Bryce Crew, 6-4, to take the 152 bracket.

Albie Snedaker (113) and Deandre Demus (120) both reached the finals of their respective brackets. Snedaker had two prior wins to get to the finals, but couldn’t find his way to points against Camden’s Tyler Crew, falling 2-0 in the title match. Demus also won twice to get to the final, falling 10-3 to Camden’s Brandon Orum.

Briar Jackson (106), Vince Hauser (138) and Jose Concepcion (285) each took thirds in their weight classes. Jackson lost to eventual runnerup Nick Krug of Camden, 8-6, in the semis at 106, while Hauser was the only wrestler to go six minutes with Camden’s Raydan Wilder, the eventual champ, losing 13-0 in the semis at 138. Concepcion lost by fall in the semis to eventual champ Christian Gomez of Hagerty at 285.

Jacob Sandoval (126) added a fifth and Anthony Breeden (170) took sixth to reach the medals for the Golden Eagles.

Complete brackets for the Clash are found here.

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Arlington Optimist Invitational Recap

Northeast Florida Matmen staff report

JACKSONVILLE — Two years ago, Mandarin announced its presence with a solid victory at the Arlington Optimist Invitational IBT tournament hosted by Terry Parker.

Saturday, the Mustangs returned to the top of the Optimist heap, outdistancing a 13-team field with 182 points, 37.5 ahead of runnerup Englewood.

The Mustangs had two individual champions in freshman Gunner Stier (126) and senior Adam Spikes (152), with 10 Mandarin wrestlers polacing in all.

Englewood had six placewinners and two champs, led by senior Tavian Whitehead (160) and Karam Hill (285), who both picked off titles.

St. Augustine was third with 135 points, followed by Atlantic Coast at 127, #9 Sandalwood at 110 and Ponte Vedra at 103.

Ed White was seventh with 95 points, followed by, in order: University Christian (81), FSDB (55), Episcopal (44), Stanton (32), host Terry Parker (31) and Paxon (23).

A short breakdown of each weight class follows:

106 — 8th grader Matthew Rodriquez of University Christian had three first-period falls en route to the title, pinning wrestlers from Englewood and Ed White in the quarters and semis before falling Ponte Vedra’s Gavin Riccobono in 1:23 in the final. Riccobono reached the final with two byes and a 7-1 decision over FSDB’s Christian Miranda-Reyes in the semi. Miranda-Reyes pinned Ed White’s Tyler Meade for third place.

113 — University Christian sophomore Cameron Wiley had two falls to win the title, with one in the quarters, followed by a walkover in the semi before pinning FSDB’s Reynaldo Suero-Perez in 3:41 in the final. Suero-Perez reached the final with two pins, including 1:10 in the semi over Ponte Vedra’s Preston Turner. Turner pinned Englewood’s Hunter Padgett, in a rematch of their quarter Friday night, in 2:47 for third place.

120 — UC made it back-to-back champions, as junior Daniel Porter (whose fall Friday night gave him 100 career wins) added a major over Ponte Vedra’s Bryan Reed (14-6) in the semi and a 5-1 decision over Sandalwood’s Leon Cruz in the final. Cruz had a fall in the quarters and a 5-3 semi win over Mandarin’s Chase Mattox. Mattox rallied to pin Reed in 2:51 to take third place.

126 — Stier’s toughest match in the tournament was in the semi on Saturday. After a fall in the quarters, he had to go to sudden victory to turn back Ed White’s Hunter East, 19-17, in the semis, and then — in a battle of freshmen — pinned St. Augustine’s Ethan Swindle in 1:13 in the final. Swindle had had a Friday fall and a 14-3 major over Atlantic Coast’s Kevin Thompson. East took third with a fall in 1:27 over Ponte Vedra’s Jonathan Soffer in a rematch of their quarterfinal.

132 — St. Augustine senior Timothy Alalla pinned his way through the weight class, all in first-period falls: 1:09 in the quarters, 54 seconds over Sandalwood’s Blake Friend in the semi and 1:53 over Ponte Vedra’s James Stanton in the final. Stanton also had two pins en route to the final, including a fall over Mandarin’s Julian Trerotola in the semi. Atlantic Coast’ Marco Hunter, who’d lost to Stanton in the quarters, came back to decision Trerotola 9-3 for third.

138 — Ed White junior Justin Stoddard had to win four matches for his bracket, with a pin and 11-4 decision (his closest match, over Mandarin’s Jake Kamins) on Friday, a 17-second fall over Stanton’s Tymofiy Hyorchuck in the semi and fall in 4:25 over St. Augustine’s Nick Thomson in the final. Thomson had a Friday fall and then got a walkover in the semi. Kamins came back to take third for the Mustangs, pinning Hyorchuck in 1:12 for third place.

145 — Atlantic Coast senior Tywaine Rocheburn had a Friday fall in the quarters, then went six minutes twice for his title, decisioning St. Augustine’s Jacob Linden 7-3 in the semi and downing Englewood’s Tanner Kern 10-4 in the final. Kern had two falls, including one in 1:17 over Ponte Vedra’s Troy Maritato in the semi, to reach the final. Linden came back to take third, pinning Maritato in 4:04.

152 — Mandarin’s Spikes pinned his way through the draw, with a fall over Terry Parker’s Jason Reed in 28 seconds in the semi and fall over St. Augustine’s Marcus Petersen in 1:32 for the title. Petersen also had two falls to get to the final, pinning Ponte Vedra’s Evan Merry in 1:57 in the semi. Stanton’s Mitchell Mika, who’d lost by fall to Spikes on Friday night, came back to take third, majoring Lavaughn Brown of Sandalwood 15-5.

160 — Englewood senior Whitehead also pinned his way through the bracket, with pins over University Christian’s Brandon Beal in 2:28 in the semi and over Mandarin’s Blake Pruitt in 2:14 for the championship. Pruitt also had two falls to get to the final, including a 5-second pin of Paxon’s Gabriel Border in the semi. Ed White’s Walter Goodman, who’d lost to Pruitt in the quarters Friday night, pinned Border in 2:23 to take third place.

170 — In what appeared to be the deepest bracket in the tournament, Episcopal senior Christian Rickey had a fall on Friday, 6-4 decision over Terry Parker’s Landon Dains in the semi, and then pinned St. Augustine’s Tracey Beshara in 5:22 to win the brackete. Beshara had a pair of pins to get to the final, including a fall in 3:26 over Englewood’s Zykeim Sermons in the semi. Dains then pinned Sermons in 4:04 to take third place.

182 — Sandalwood junior Dillon Morency pinned his way through the bracket, with a fall on Friday, another one in 2:58 over Atlantic Coast’s Uriah Ford in the semis and a 23-second pin in the title match over Englewood’s Michel Augustin, who had two falls of his own to get to the final, including fall in 3:48 over Mandarin’s Gavin Miles in the semi. Ford came back to take third place, decisioning Miles by a 3-1 score.

195 — Sandalwood senior Cole Friend made it back-to-back Saints titles, with two pins — including a 35-second fall of St. Augustine’s Cade Aupsburger in the semi — and a 6-4 win over Mandarin’s Mateo Drury in the title match. Drury had also had two falls, including a 58-second pin over Atlantic Coast’s Marino Linardo, to get to the final. Linardo decisioned FSDB’s Anthony Hoyt, who’d lost in the quarters to Drury, 12-10 for third place.

220 — Atlantic Coast senior Kurk Jackson had three first-period falls to win the title, including a fall in 1:46 over Ed White’s Damian Deleston and then a 38-second pin in the final over Episcopal’s Freddie Dollison, who had two pins of his own to get there. Dollison pinned Mandarin’s Kevin Castro in 5:29 in the semis. Deleston took third place, pinning Castro in 3:35 in that match.

285 — Hill pinned his way through the bracket for the Rams’ second title, with a fall in 2:56 over Paxon’s Jordan Smith in the semis and fall in 5:31 over Atlantic Coast’s Darius Idlebird in the final. Idlebird had two pins of his own in reaching the title match, including a 36-second semifinal fall over Terry Parker’s Evan Jefferson. Sandalwood’s Miguel Velazquez, who’d lost by fall to Hill on Friday in the quarters, came back to take third, pinning Mandarin’s Kyle Redding in 5:04.

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North Florida Duals Recap

By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
JACKSONVILLE — Saturday’s North Florida Duals at Bishop Snyder had one of the, if not the, biggest set of teams that the Cardinals has hosted as part of their way to kick off wrestling seasons.

When the day was complete by early evening, just two of the 15 teams in attendance had put together unbeaten records. One was Camden County’s B-side squad.

The other was #6 Bishop Kenny, which ran up three one-sided victories in its first three duals and then held off HM-listed Orange Park, 39-33, to go 4-0 on the day. The Crusaders were scheduled to face another honorable-mention lister in Fletcher, but given that the two teams had faced one another on Wednesday, the coaches decided by mutual agreement not to square off a second time in 72 hours.

The Crusaders cruised past Fernandina Beach (72-12), #7 Oakleaf (54-20) and HM-listed West Nassau (78-4) before running into a tussle from the Raiders. Bishop Kenny ran out to a 27-0 lead through its middle-weight strength and then had to hang on for the win over the Raiders.

“I think we wrestled better than we did on Wednesday night, but what also helped is that everybody made weight and wrestled decent,” Crusaders coach Paul Schloth said. “Now, the kids are so psyched because they get to go home.

“This was good stuff today, but we’re psyched also for Capital City (next weekend in Tallahassee). That’s when everybody shifts down a weight. That’s when it gets real for us.”

Four Kenny wrestlers were undefeated on the day, led by middleweights Andrew Slade (138 pounds, 4-0 with three pins) and Joey Cusick (145/152, 4-0 & four pins). Josiah McCallum was 4-0 with two pins at 285, and Sid Madison was 2-0 with two pins in a half-time role.

HM-listed Nease, also, bagged four wins Saturday, with only a 39-36 loss to #7 Oakleaf marring the St Johns Panthers’ day. Nease handled things early against tournament host Bishop Snyder (51-15), Godby (66-18) and Fernandina Beach (66-15) before the 3-point loss to the Clay County Knights. After that, the Panthers regrouped for a 60-24 win over West Nassau.

“Everything went good for us. We’re staying pretty basic right now,” Nease coach Craig Muckle said. “Just supporting each other, keeping our attitude together. Whether we’re down or we’re up, we still want to have good attitudes.”

Like Bishop Kenny, Nease had four wrestlers with unbeaten days, led by Nick Thoresen’s 5-0, five-pin outing at 220/285. Jacob Satterfield (132/138) was 5-0 with four pins and a decision, while Gannon Janssen had three pins on a 5-0 day. Jonathan Hepburn (170/182) was 4-0, with four pins.

Fletcher didn’t get a second shot at Bishop Kenny, but the Senators saw plenty of solid competition on the day, going 3-1 in duals. While the Senators rolled in their first dual past First Coast (58-9), they were tested by Westside (36-35) and Middleburg (45-36), and hung in against Camden before falling 45-31.

“We looked at this as a way to get a lot of matches for our young kids, to get them the opportunity to wrestle, to keep them in the program,” Senators coach David Harrison said. “We have a long way to go, but that said, I was pleased with the performance. We have to get our lineup right for conference (next month).”

The only wrestler for Fletcher to pick up four wins Saturday was James Knox (126), who had two pins and a major. Trent Dalldorf (120), Narek Stepanyan (195) and Bryce Bednarski (220) all were 3-0 on the day, with Dalldorf getting two pins and a major, Stepanyan three pins and Bednarski one.

Middleburg, Oakleaf and Westside all went 3-2 on the day. The Broncos won over Baker County (60-17), First Coast (62-6) and Westside (54-30), but then ran into Camden’s buzzsaw in a 68-6 loss before ending the day against Fletcher.

Oakleaf had no favors done in its early schedule, falling 60-21 to Camden and then to Bishop Kenny, but the Knights rallied, taking down Bolles 54-21, Nease and then Baker County (53-30).

The Knights had three lower-weight wrestlers go 5-0 on the afternoon. Kyle Tairovski-Romeu (106, 3 pins), Ryan Rosano (113, 5 pins) and Ethan Gustilo (126, 3 pins & 1 major) all achieved the feat.

Westside had two one-point duals to start the day, winning in criteria over HM-listed Orange Park (43-42) and then losing to Fletcher and Middleburg before righting the ship with one-sided wins over the hosts (65-18) and Godby (60-12).

Two Wolverines went 5-0 on the day, with Jacob Boyd (145/152) collecting four falls and a tech fall and Tariq Hookfin (285) taking three pins.

Host Bishop Snyder was 2-2, falling to Nease in the opener but rallied for a 48-30 win over Baker County. The Cardinals picked up their second win, 36-33, before falling to Westside.

Orange Park, Baker County and Bolles all were 2-3 on the day. The Raiders started off 0-3, falling to Westside, Camden (although giving the Georgians their closest dual of the day, 45-33) and Bishop Kenny, but rallied with wins over Bolles (69-6) and West Nassau (60-21).

The Raiders were unbeaten at 113, with Frank Sawyer going 3-0 on two pins and Cameron Broughton adding the other wins. Nartorian Lee (170/182, 3 pins & 2 decisions) and Tyler Dehart (220, 4 pins) each were 5-0.

Baker County rallied from its losses to Middleburg and Bishop Snyder with wins over Godby (42-24) and Fernandina Beach (46-24) before falling to Oakleaf.

Jordan Johnson (132) was 5-0 with four pins and a technical fall and Jestin Canterbury (285) added three pins in a 5-0 day for the Wildcats.

Bolles started quickly, with wins over Godby (42-30) and Fernandina Beach (39-30) before falling to Oakleaf, West Nassau (42-36) and Orange Park.

West Nassau’s day opened with a tough loss to Camden (72-12) before Bishop Kenny, but the Warriors did get on the winning side with the Bolles win before falling to Nease and Orange Park. William Tharpe (145) was 3-0 with two pins for West Nassau.

First Coast had consecutive losses to Fletcher, Middleburg, Bishop Snyder and Godby (29-24) before breaking through on the Buccaneers’ final dual of the day, a 30-29 win over Fernandina Beach, which went 0-5, but did have one undefeated wrestler in Joseph Helm (160/170, 5-0, 4 pins and a tech).

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#NextLevel: Iowa Brings Firepower To SDSU

By SHANNON HEATON
Northeast Florida Matmen
BROOKINGS, SD — For the second time in two weeks, wrestling a Big Ten Conference opponent proved to be a tall order for #20 South Dakota State, coached by Bolles alum Chris Bono.

Friday night, the Jackrabbits hosted #3 Iowa, arguably one of the nation’s elite wrestling programs going back decades, and the Hawkeyes left the SDSU home crowd disappointed, taking a 29-8 win.

As it turned out, the Jackrabbits only got two wins on the night. First SDSU wrestler to win was Nate Rotert (197), who took a 9-5 decision over the Hawkeyes’ Cash Wilcke. That win broke a string of Ws from Iowa, which built a 17-0 lead behind four decisions from 2016 NCAA finalist Brandon Sorensen (149), Michael Kemerer (157), Joseph Gunther (165), Alex Meyer (174) and a second-period tech fall from Sammy Brooks at 184.

Iowa got back on a winning track after Rotert’s win killed the Hawkeyes’ hopes for a shutout, with a decision at 285 from Steven Holloway and tech fall from national #1 Thomas Gilman at 125, going up 25-3.

At that point, the Jacks’ Seth Gross (133) won by technical fall, 15-0, over Iowa backup Phillip Laux after national #1 Cory Clark was held out of the Hawkeye lineup with nagging injuries sustained in practice earlier in the week.

The dual closed out at 141, with Iowa’s Topher Carton — a frequent Matmen interview subject before Matmen was Matmen, when Carton was a three-time prep state champion and four-time finalist in Illinois and Iowa — taking a 12-1 major decision.

Here’s a roundup of the action around the country involving wrestlers with Matmen-area ties:

Josh Fox (University Christian ’12, Ohio State University): Went 1-2 on Friday at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Open, competing at 285 pounds. Fox lost his first match, 8-0, to Arizona State’s Tanner Hall, but rallied in the consis with a 13-5 major over Western Wyoming’s Wade French. In his third match of the day, Fox took a 12-3 loss by major to Eastern Michigan’s Gage Hutchison.

Corey Van Dorn (Orange Park ’14, Nebraska-Kearney): Went 0-2 on Friday at Cliff Keen in Las Vegas, competing at 197 pounds. Van Dorn lost his first match by decision to Clarion’s Dustin Conti, 8-1, and then took a second loss to another Division I wrestler, falling via technical fall, 18-3, to Oregon State’s Corey Griego.

Zach Ford (Flagler Palm Coast ’13, Rhode Island College): Won by fall at 157 pounds, pinning Western New England’s Lamont Wallace in 3:50 as his team took a 22-15 victory Friday night at home. Ford had his team’s only pin on the night.

Dylan Rossetti (Middleburg ’16, St Andrews College): Rossetti’s team held on to take a 25-24 victory at home over Truett-McConnell, but the result wasn’t individually as good for Rossetti, who fell 8-5 in the 133-pound match to T-Mc’s Devonte Upshaw. A brief recap can be found at http://www.sauknights.com/article/1572.php.

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Clay Goes 2-1 After Day 1 at Jensen Beach

JENSEN BEACH — #1 Clay went 2-1 in the first day of competition at the Battle on the Beach Friday.

The Blue Devils shut down Jupiter, 56-21, and defeated Martin County, 57-22, before falling to the tournament hosts and defending champions, 42-21.

Clay will have five duals on tap for Saturday.

The link here provides some further information — from a Jensen Beach/Treasure Coast perspective — on the first day of competition. http://www.tcpalm.com/story/sports/high-school/wrestling/2016/12/02/jensen-beach-treasure-coast-battle-beach-duals/94831722/

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Border Wars Day 1

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Flagler Palm Coast is Florida’s top team competing at the two-day Border Wars tournament, an invitational that combines both round-robin action on Friday and IBT wrestling on Saturday that is based upon Friday’s pool results.

The Bulldogs, ranked third in the Northeast Matmen team rankings, finished the first day at South Walton High School in second place with 68.5 points. Arnold, ranked third on the Northwest side, is in fourth place with 60.5. First-day honors went to Louisiana state power Holy Cross, which rolled up 106.5 points after Friday’s action.

#4 (Northwest) Wakulla is in eighth place after the first day with 46.5 points, with HM Chiles (Northwest) in 11th at 32.5 and Columbia in 12th at 31.5.

HM (Northeast) Ridgeview is in a tie for 13th place at 30, with HM (Northwest) Ft Walton Beach tied with #5 (Northwest) Pace at 28.5. South Walton is 17th at 27, with Wewahitchka 18th at 24 and Tate 19th at 23.5.

Niceville is 21st with 20 points, followed by Mosley in 22nd at 18. Marianna is 24th in the event, with 14.5.

Rounding out the top 10 are traditional Alabama power Thompson (third at 62.5 points), Louisiana’s Jesuit (fifth, 58.5), Georgia’s Colquitt County (sixth, 52.5), Alabama’s Vestavia Hills (seventh, 48.5 points), St Pauls of Louisiana (43.5) and Cambridge GA (10th, 35).

Friday lower-weight pool winners with Matmen ties included: Tate’s Jacob Cochran (106-B), Niceville’s Dominic Cerillo (113-B), Flagler’s John Johnson (113-D), Ridgeview’s Marcus Reid (120-A), Wakulla’s Larry Smith (120-C), Tate’s Alex Porter (120-D), Flagler’s Michael DeAugustino (126-A), Columbia’s Chace Curtis (126-B), Arnold’s Ethan Pickren (126-E), Arnold’s William Pickren (132-B), Flagler’s Avery Holder (132-D), Ridgeview’s Saeid Ejmali (132-E), Flagler’s Trace Insalaco (138-C), and Arnold’s Richie McClanahan (145-B).

Upper-weight pool winners with Matmen ties included: Tyrone Jones of Flagler (152-D), Drew St. Amant of Arnold (152-E), Jack Johnson of Niceville (160-C), Gavin Hoard of Chiles (170-E), Cole Maddox of Arnold (182-B), Nick English of Marianna (195-A), Bobby Williams of Chiles (220-C), Marlon Ng of Wakulla (220-E), Joseph Pearson of Ft. Walton Beach (285-A), and Jacob Marin of Wakulla (285-C)

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